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The Statewide Juvenile Justice Improvement Initiative: Improving Outcomes for Youth Under the Supervision of Nevada's Juvenile Justice System

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Date Published
July 2016
2 pages
This report describes Nevada's efforts to improve outcomes for youth under the Statewide Juvenile Justice Improvement Initiative (SJJII).
Nevada was one of 18 States to request support from the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center's SJJII. The SJJII is designed to guide States in adopting a more cost-effective, comprehensive set of statewide strategies based on the latest available research on "what works" to reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes for youth involved with the juvenile justice system. The Nevada SJJII Task Force consists of representatives from the three branches of government, along with State and local juvenile justice and other system stakeholders. It oversees the State's SJJII, which consists of three steps. First, existing quantitative data will be analyzed on referral, intake, diversion, detention, disposition, county probation, youth camps, commitments, and releases, as well as programs, services, recidivism, and other outcome data. This will provide a comprehensive portrait of statewide juvenile justice trends. The second step is to review policy and practice through focus groups and interviews with key constituents across the State, so as to obtain their perspectives and recommendations on system challenges and strategies for improvement. The third step is to present system-improvement recommendations and adopt new policies. Subsequently, CSG Justice Center staff will support Nevada State leaders in formalizing and enacting these recommendations through legislation and appropriation changes. Funding for the SJJII is explained.